"I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all. No... not the artful postures of love, not playful and poetical games of love for the amusement of an evening, but love that... over-throws life. Unbiddable, ungovernable - like a riot in the heart, and nothing to be done, come ruin or rapture. Love - like there has never been in a play. "
~from "Shakespeare in Love"
Yesterday I got my first set of edits on Lost In Paradise, the novel contracted by The Wild Rose Press. I'm excited, 'cause this is the start of a whole new experience in my writing career, but I'm also a little nervous and overwhelmed. I really just read my editor's email, and glanced at the first chapter or so, to see her markups.
I like her, and I think she'll be okay to work with. But the big thing she wants me to change is my characters' inner thoughts. She wants them taken out or changed to third person. I'm not sure how I feel about that. I mean, I understand her point that they can slow the action, in certain cases, but in many ways that kind of writing focus is part of my style. Hmm. Going to have to think about this and perhaps come to a compromise.
We do get to compromise, right?
Also yesterday, Judy befriended me on Facebook. I didn't even remember that I'd created a Facebook account! Whoops. I wonder if I should actually do somethng with my page there? Anyone have thoughts on that site? I view it as marginally better than Myspace, since you're supposed to have some kind of college/business verifiable email address (I think) to open a Facebook account. But I don't know.
My students are watching "Shakespeare in Love" for an end-of-semester treat today. Anyone seen that movie? It's charming, really. Won 7 Academy Awards in 1998, too, which I'd forgotten.
Well, I'm off to jury duty, for the 2nd time this week! My co-workers just keep telling me to say "Guilty" and they'll let me go without a word (which I'd prefer, so I can actually watch the above movie with my students rather than leave them with a substitute). Okay, Guilty it is! Or maybe I'll try for a more dramatic strategy...